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Chapter 33 Eligibility

  • Individuals who served on active duty after 09/10/01 may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if the individual
    • Served for an aggregate period of at least 90 days; or
    • Served for a continuous period of at least 30 days and was discharged due to a service connected disability.
  • May be eligible for increased and supplemental education assistance
  • Active duty means full-time duty in the regular components of the Armed Forces or under a call or order to active duty (includes commissioned officers in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service).
  • Active duty does not include
    • Any period during which the individual
      • Was assigned full-time to a civilian institution to pursue an education program; or
      • Service academy contract period;
    • A period of service
      • Required by an officer pursuant to an agreement under 10 U.S.C. 2107(b) (concurrent service as a reservist in the national guard);
      • Required by an officer to fulfill an Active Duty Service Obligation;
      • Terminated due to an erroneously or defective enlistment; or
      • Counted for purposes of repayment of an education loan; or
    • A period of Selected Reserve service used to establish eligibility under chapter 30, 1606 or 1607.

In order to retain eligibility, after meeting the service requirements, an individual must

  • Continue on active duty; or
  • Be honorably discharged from Armed Forces; or
  • Be honorably discharged and placed on retired list, temporary disability retired list, or transferred to Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or
  • Be honorably discharged for further service in a reserve component; or
  • Be discharged or released for
    • An injury existing prior to service (EPTS),
    • A hardship (HDSP)
    • A condition that interfered with service (CIWD).

Maximum rate of payment or eligibility level, in accordance with the table

Aggregate length of creditable active duty service after 09/10/01 % of Max Rate
At least 36 months - see note 1 100
At least 30 continuous days
(and discharged due to service-connected disability) - see note 1
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months - see note 1 90
At least 24 months, but less than 30 months - see note 1 80 - see note 3
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months - see note 2 70 - see note 3
At least 12 months, but less than 18 months - see note 2 60
At least 6 months, but less than 12 months - see note 2 50
At least 90 days, but less than 6 months - see note 2 40


  1. Includes entry level and skill training.
  2. Excludes entry level and skill training.
  3. If the service requirements are met at both the 80 and 70 percentage level, the maximum percentage of 70 must be applied.

Entry level and skill training means

  • Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training for members of the Army;
  • Recruit Training (Boot Camp) and Skill Training ("A" School) for members of the Navy;
  • Basic Military Training and Technical Training for members of the Air Force;
  • Recruit Training and Marine Corps Training (School of Infantry Training) for members of the Marine Corps; and
  • Basic Training for members of the Coast Guard.

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